Samsung is introducing new TVs at CES 2022, and some of them will allow you to play games from the cloud, without the need for a console, with platforms you may have already heard: Google Stadia and Nvidia GeForce Now.
Samsung says the “selected” 2022 TV models will give you access to GeForce Now, Stadia and Utomik cloud gaming services as part of the new Samsung Gaming Hub. You can think of this interface as Netflix for games where you can quickly access the latest titles you’ve played or explore new ones. You will be able to buy games directly from the hub, who will choose game recommendations so you can expand your library.
As part of integrating its TVs into your gaming settings, Samsung’s Gaming Hub will support pairing different controllers, including those for PS5 or Xbox Series X, although it’s unclear whether you can use them to play cloud games. The center also integrates YouTube Gaming.
These cloud services, of course, require a subscription. Nvidia’s GeForce Now has a free level, but the best experience costs $ 10 per month for Priority Tier or $ 100 every six months for the new RTX 3080 level, which allows you to play games from 1440p to 120 Hz (we reached out to confirm whether Samsung TVs will use these characteristics). Google Stadium, on the other hand, costs $ 10 a month after a one-month free trial, while the lesser-known Utomik is $ 7 a month for individuals or $ 10 for families.
“We know that gaming continues to grow in popularity for our customers and we have bridged the gap between our Smart TV leadership and advanced gaming software to create an easier way for people to enjoy the games they love faster,” said Won-Jin Lee, corporate President of Samsung Electronics. “We have developed the Samsung Gaming Hub with our amazing content partners to benefit all players and plan to continue our collaboration on ecosystem development.”
These are not the first Samsung TVs with the ability to stream games through the cloud. Back in 2015, the company released several kits that supported PlayStation Now, Sony’s streaming service. Things have calmed down for a while, but it was only a matter of time before some of the newer cloud gaming platforms appeared in recent years they would have reached modern televisions.
GeForce Now, Stadia and Utomik will be available in the new gaming center, but will not be pre-installed on TVs. Interestingly, the PlayStation Now and the hugely popular Xbox Game Pass will not be included at launch.
The Samsung Gaming Hub arrives later this year and will be available on the new Smart Hub for 2022 via the main navigation menu.
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